Not only does Sydney cater for superb dining, incredible shopping and trendy bars, it also has a wide range of events to keep you entertained each day and night. The city of Sydney is home to a majority of the New South Wales major events, making this spectacular location one of the top destinations to visit all year round.


Sydney boasts many fascinating events including music festivals, national sporting games and performances by local and international entertainers. These major Sydney events attract thousands of tourists each year. Use this guide below and get the most of your Sydney holiday!




 Sydney Royal Easter Show

One of the most fun things you can enjoy with your family on a Sydney holiday is definitely the Sydney Royal Easter Show. Sydney Olympic Park plays host to this magnificent event which caters for animal shows, carnival food, games, entertainment for kids and of course, Show bags! The Sydney Royal Easter show is the perfect way to enjoy a Sydney holiday and a unique experience to be enjoyed by tourists and locals alike.


Sydney Royal Easter Show RidesSydney Royal Easter ShowSydney Royal Easter Show Animals


  NRL Grand Final

The NRL Telstra Premiership is a huge part of Australian Sports. It’s one of the biggest sporting spectacles in the world boasting up to one hundred thousand spectators and the two strongest teams of the NRL Telstra Premiership season. Rugby league Grand Finals play host to many great memories from over the years and are always played in the last week of September.


NRL Grand FinalNRL Grand Final CelebrationNRL Grand Final Try


  Big Day Out

Music fans of Sydney have been delighted with sensational local and international musical acts since the festival debuted in Sydney on Australia Day, 1992. In past years, the Big Day Out has provided fans with incredible bands including the Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Foo Fighters, The Offspring, Fat Boy Slim and Kings of Leon. The Big Day Out consists mainly of contemporary rock, electronic, hip hop and heavy metal music.


Big Day Out Sydney Big Day Out Sydney CrowdBig Day Out Sydney Kings Of Leon


  Australian Open of Surfing

The beautiful Manly beach will join forces with Hurley and Billabong to create the Australian Open of Surfing. This surfing competition will showcase the top surfers in the world including Aussies Joel Parkinson and Taj Burrow. The Australian Open of Surfing will boast skate, music, fashion and art along with an expected audience of more than one hundred thousand people.


Australia Open SurfingAustralia Open Surfing GirlsAustralia Open Surfing Skate



More than 60,000 people flock to Sydney Olympic Park to become one with the worlds best DJ’s. Stereosonic is Australia’s biggest and best dance music festival and popular amongst the Sydney crowd. In recent years, Stereosonic has given dance music fans the hottest DJ’s on the planet including Tiesto, LMFAO, Avicci, Carl Cox and Calvin Harris.


Sydney Stereosonic Carl CoxSydney StereosonicSydney Stereosonic Tiesto


  Sydney Spring Racing Carnival

The Australian Turb Club each year caters for the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival which is acknowledged as one of the largest horse racing carnivals in Australia behind the Melbourne Cup and Magic Millions Carnival. The Spring Racing Carnival isn’t just for the horses though, girls get glamoured up in their best attire and men strap on their suits and flaunt their fashions on the field.


Sydney Spring Racing Carnival FashionSydney Spring Racing Carnival RaceSydney Spring Racing Carnival


  Sydney Mardi Gras

You’ll hear about it when the Mardi Gras season kicks off in February and March. During this fabulous season, there is never a dull moment. Mardi Gras cater for colour, joy and cheer, whilst having a positive effect on the entire city of Sydney. Tourists and locals alike all flock to Liverpool and Oxford street to show their true colours and have some pride in their sexuality.


Sydney Mardi GrasSydney Mardi Gras CostumeMardi Gras


  Sydney To Hobart Race

The iconic Sydney to Hobart race is the event that stops the nation. Boxing day is when this event starts and has been since it first debuted sixty seven years ago, right in the heart of the Sydney Harbour. The Sydney to Hobart race has become the icon of Australian Summer sport, with no other yachting event in the world coming close to the media attention this one receives.


Sydney To Hobart Sydney To Hobart RaceSydney To Hobart Race Boxing Day


  City 2 Surf

The City 2 Surf event is a run or walk from Hyde Park in the city centre to Bondi Beach. Competing in this event is truly one for the bucket list, it’s an energetic, feel good experience which rewards you with a sense of personal accomplishments. The City 2 Surf is a fourteen kilometre race and boasts a great day out.


City 2 Surf RaceCity 2 SurfCity 2 Surf Fun


  New Years Eve

There’s a reason television stations from all across the country broadcast this fascinating firework display. You wouldn’t want to be anywhere else but the Sydney Harbour come New Years Eve. The Sydney Harbour Bridge lights up the city with an awe-inspiring and unbelievable firework show. The only shame is that it doesn’t go for longer.


Sydney New Years Eve FriendsSydney New Years EveSydney New Years Eve Campers